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PBS Program to Showcase Glenstone’s Organic Lawn

[caption id="attachment_5072" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Glenstone's lawn was a healthy green under magnificent blue skies on Tuesday. If you look closely you'll see livestock grazing near the property's massive pond."][/caption] The natural lawn care movement in the United States will get a major boost in August when Growing A Greener World, hosted by Joe Lamp'l, showcases the organ ...

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Job Opening: Glenstone Seeks Grounds Superintendent

ART MUSEUM KNOWN FOR HISTORIC ORGANIC TRANSFORMATION [caption id="attachment_5020" align="alignleft" width="324" caption="Glenstone plans to add the position of grounds superintendent. "][/caption] For nearly two years the SafeLawns Foundation has helped coordinate one of the most historically significant organic landscape transformations in North America. We are now being asked to help find the project’s n ...

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The Augusta Syndrome: 45 Years Later, Is Golf the Environment’s Worst Nightmare?

Few industries around the world can point to a single weekend as the date of their origin. Sure, lawn care has been around ever since kings ordered peasants to scythe their meadows for comfortable strolling, but in terms of the modern lawn care industry it really all began during the second weekend of April of 1967 — the first time the Masters golf tournament was broadcast live to America in full technicolor green. ...

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Nation’s Leading Landscape Experts To Convene in Chicago

Professionals and Homeowners Invited to 2-Day Symposium They are the major issues facing the lawn and garden industry on our continent today: How do you deal with fertilizer runoff from lawns? How can you safely save your trees in the face of exotic invasive insects? How can golf courses deliver championship conditions and still be environmentally friendly? [caption id="attachment_4900" align="alignleft" wi ...

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The Glenstone Model: A Landscape Plan for Businesses, Municipalities Everywhere

Make it a Point to Visit Maryland Museum in 2012 At the core of transformative learning theory, according to Wikipedia, is the process of "perspective transformation" with three dimensions: psychological, convictional and behavioral. True transformation in this world, according to many sources, is rare. It has taken place, however, at a magnificent facility known as Glenstone, an art museum in Potomac, Md. ...

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Common Ground: The Ocean, Lakes, Rivers & Streams

SafeLawns, Surfriders Share Common Goals of a Healthier Planet [caption id="attachment_4709" align="alignleft" width="563" caption="The SafeLawns Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation share the common goals of keeping the water clean. (Geoff Glenn photo)"][/caption] If there's one truism we've found as we begin our seventh year at the SafeLawns Foundation, it's to expect the unexpected. To that end, last ...

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Green Lawns, No Synthetic Chemicals: Examples from the Midwest

The SafeLawns fall tour of the Midwest unveiled numerous examples of landscape sustainability in recent days. Hosted by our sponsoring partners at Calcium Products/NatraTurf and Purple Cow Organics, we visited installations at state capitols, college campuses, golf courses, public gardens and private residences during our whirlwind tour. Here are just a few examples: [caption id="attachment_4549" align="ali ...

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Giving Organics the Old College Try

Spurred by the success of pilot projects at Bowdoin College in Maine and Harvard University in Massachusetts, several other college campuses across the nation have turned aside chemicals on their malls and promenades in favor of a more natural approach. In today's Philadelphia Inquirer, Virginia Smith chats with a groundskeeper who is delighted to have made the switch to organics: http://www.philly.com/phil ...

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The Glenstone Project: Unveiling the Science of Organic Lawn Care, Step by Step

As reported here throughout the past few months, the SafeLawns Foundation and the Glenstone Foundation are partnering with the University of Maryland's world-renowned turfgrass department on a long-term study to review the efficacy of organic lawn care. After months of planning, researchers broke ground in the last two weeks at test plots, both at the university's turfgrass research station and also at Glen ...

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The Lawn Phosphorus Firestorm: The Flames Are Warming

New Laws Wrongfully Restrict Organic Fertilizers [caption id="attachment_4440" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="After more than 70 years in business, Milorganite is finding its product illegal as a lawn fertilizer in some states due to the 2 percent phosphorus in the bag. Other organic fertilizers are fighting the same issue."][/caption] The coming year is shaping up as a major battleground and your l ...

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